Starting a Business in Green County

So you’ve got an idea of a new product or service and you think you might want to start a business.


GCDC Can Help.

GCDC is your source for resources to assist you as you explore starting your business or commercializing your product. Our Green County Small Business Resources provides you with a list of agencies that provide financial and business planning assistance and will provide you with basic information to direct you through programs and resources that are available at the local, state, and federal levels.

The Green County Business Start-Up Regulations & Information Guide outlines everything you need to know about starting a business in the county – registrations, permits, business forms, etc.


No-Cost, Confidential Consulting

GCDC partners with the Southwest Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide no-cost, confidential consulting to entrepreneurs and small businesses at each stage of their business lives. Whether you’re just starting out, are an established business looking to expand, or a long-time owner considering your transition plans, the professional consulting staff at SBDC can work with you on positive, actionable solutions for success. (Read more about what SBDC Consulting can do for you and your business.)


The Business Plan

There are many benefits to writing a business plan. Research has shown that 60 percent of businesses that complete a business plan survive two or more years; compared to 15 percent of businesses without business plans. Your success is largely dependent on how much you understand your business and business sector. A business plan helps you organize your thoughts and your resources and is essential when securing investors and credit.

Some good business plan templates can be found on the SCORE website. The Small Business Development Center and the Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program provide free business planning assistance. Appointments are required.

Here’s a list of additional articles and resources to get started.